August 2020 Labor Market Information Overview
The Southeast Texas economy posted moderate improvement in August 2020 as the
unemployment rate dropped to 10.3 percent for the Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA
(metropolitan statistical area), down 1.7 percent from July's rate of 12.0.
August data, as provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), indicated job growth in several sectors
in the local economic including Financial Activities, Professional and Business
Services, Leisure and Hospitality, and Other Services. Subsectors Retail
Trade and General Merchandising Stores added 400 jobs and Government sector
(local, state and federal) added 500 jobs in August. However, there was a
decrease of 800 jobs in Manufacturing and Mining, Logging and Construction sectors.
Job growth remained steady in the Education and Health Services sector in Southeast
"We are adjusting to our 'new normal' due to the pandemic and offering virtual
services to assist local businesses with hiring needs connect to individuals
seeking jobs", stated Marilyn Smith. "Our economy is steadily improving and
we look forward to assisting job seekers as they move towards re-employment
in the coming months."
Texas, overall, posted a lower unemployment rate in August, 6.8 percent
(seasonally adjusted), the lowest rate since the initial impact of COVID-19 in
March 2020, according to the
TWC press release.
Detailed labor market information and reports, including wages per industry sector for Southeast Texas, are available at
August Unemployment Figures*
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data regarding careers, educational training options and jobs.
*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.